Before I begin retelling the story of our road trip, I'd like to introduce the golfers/hikers who joined me. From left to right are: Andrew Kipper, a 30-year-old sports agent who works at Excel Sports Management. He lives in Manhattan and served as our alarm most mornings, since he was answering phone calls at 6am. He has a 6 handicap. I'm next! I'm 28 years old and, like Andrew, I live in Manhattan. I've been working at Golf Digest for more than seven years. It's as dreamy as it sounds. I have a 4 handicap. The guy to my right is Tom Freeman, a 28-year-old lobbyist who lives in Minneapolis. He's one of the few people I know who's more into golf than I am. He and I "compete" every weekend, even when he tees it up in Minneapolis and I play in the New York metro area. I rarely beat him. He has a 3 handicap. Standing to Tom's right is Kira Mayo, my lovely twin sister and a dermatology resident at the University of Rochester. She and I played golf at the University of Virginia, and she's the current club champion at Locust Hill Country Club. She has a 4 handicap.